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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Robinson Crusoe Competition

 Robinson Crusoe swings into cinemas on the 6th of May. My son and I were lucky enough to attend a special screening at the beginning of May and both thoroughly enjoyed it! The film follows the adventures of Robinson Crusoe as he ends up stranded on a desert island. The inhabitants of the island are initially sceptical of him, but are won round. As with all movies, there is a twist in the form of some fearsome felines who have it in for Robinson Crusoe and his new found friends.

Robinson Crusoe and Tuesday

Blackpool Tower Tall Tales

May half term sees Blackpool Tower hosting a unique experience for children, 'Tall Tales'. This involves stories being told at the top of Blackpool Tower by special story tellers. You'll also explore the tale of Sydney the Seagull and his adventures around Blackpool, all whilst looking at the amazing views of Blackpool that the Tower has to offer!

Blackpool Tower Tall Tales

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

April Month in a Minute

April really has absolutely flown by. We're fully into the swing of things at the B&B now, every weekend is busy and the school holidays are looking full! It's been fun having people round again and it's also been a bit of a shock to the system as we have enjoyed the quieter winter months. We went for a trip to Blackpool at the beginning of April which was great fun, taking in the Tower, Circus and the Sealife Centre. We weren't so impressed with the end of April and all that snow! Especially me as I have just started Couch to 5K and I had to go for a run in full on snow. The week before I'd been out with suntan lotion on! Without further ado, here is my April, in a minute.


Friday, 29 April 2016

Your YouTube #68

Hello and welcome back to Your YouTube. I have loved watching your videos this week. I have chosen the video from Coco Mama Style. Her videos are always incredible and I love this one about how to "update your style statements with linear looks"! I love stripes and am going to be trying out some of these tips myself this spring and summer.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Center Parcs Port Zelande Review

I thought about going to Center Parcs in Whinfell last October half term, but when I priced it up for a four bedroom lodge, it came out at nearly £1,900. £800 per family for four nights away. I don't know what prompted me to see how much it would be in Europe, but I did, and the initial cost came in at 525 euros for the same amount of time, in the same type of accommodation. I checked to see how much the ferry would cost and it was 300. A few days later I was booking our holiday to Port Zelande, near Rotterdam in Holland. 

Port Zelande beach


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Dear Beautiful Boy...

You have just turned 7 and sometimes I look at you and wonder when you turned into such a grown up little boy. You are at that wonderful age where it's still okay to hold my hand and are willing to give me cuddles. I hope this continues for a few years yet. Although I'm prepared for the day that holding your mum's hand isn't cool.

Watching the hills

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Disney on Ice Silver Anniversary Tour

Last year we had the most incredible experience at Disney on Ice. My son and daughter were transfixed throughout the show and have talked about it regularly since, and often watch YouTube videos to try and re-live what they saw. This year the tour is back, and better than ever!  Disney On Ice presents Silver Anniversary Celebration will be visiting seven cities across the UK from 16th March to 15th May. Tickets are on sale at

Disney on Ice Little Mermaid

Monday, 18 April 2016

Poppy Red, Ilkley Review #FittedatPoppyRed

When your daughter goes into a shoe shop and asks to try on "all the red shoes", you expect the staff to roll their eyes in despair. In Poppy Red, Ilkley, we were greeted by a wonderful member of staff who dealt with the most random requests from a five year old with ease.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

17.04.16 Silent Sunday

feeding donkeys



Friday, 15 April 2016

Taking the #LivePeasant Challenge #ad

Parents today have an average of just 34 minutes free to prepare an evening meal. This isn't much time at all and Simply Beef and Lamb are encouraging us to take the Live Peasant challenge. The idea behind this is that they encourage you to reclaim traditional recipes which are quick to prepare, but cook slowly. In essence, you're letting your oven do the hard work, so you don't have to! Cooking slowly also means that you can use cheaper cuts of meat because if they are cooking for longer then they become more tender.

I decided to make beef stew and dumplings. It's easy to make and it can also be warmed up again later if, like us during the week, you don't eat with your children. To my surprise, both children loved the stew, and my husband announced that, in spite of it being my first time, the dumplings tasted good! I was very impressed with how affordable this meal is, and how simple it was to make.

beef stew and dumplings

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